Bills’ Hamlin faces long recovery, family spokesman tells AP
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — A family spokesman for Damar Hamlin tells The Associated Press the Buffalo Bills safety still faces a long rehabilitation despite enjoying a remarkable recovery some three weeks after having to be resuscitated on the field during a game in Cincinnati. Jordon Rooney says Hamlin still requires oxygen and is having his heart monitored regularly to ensure there are no setbacks or after effects. Rooney provided the update to emphasize Hamlin still faces hurdles since being discharged from Buffalo General Medical Center on Jan. 11, and began making regular visits to the Bills facility this week.
Wembanyama, even with eyes always on him, seems unfazed
PARIS (AP) — All eyes are on French basketball phenom Victor Wembanyama. And that doesn’t seem to bother the 19-year-old NBA draft prospect. He and his family sat just off the court at the game Thursday in Paris between Detroit and Chicago. A maze of people surrounded him as he walked to his seat because they all wanted to get a peek at the talk of the basketball world. But Wembanyama wasn’t bothered by the attention. He’s enjoying his French season and the NBA is getting ready to welcome him in a few months. Commissioner Adam Silver says it’s important for him to not add to the pressure Wembanyama is facing.
Murray match highlights how tennis can be an all-night sport
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray was pleased with the result but not happy about the circumstances after finishing an Australian Open victory after 4 a.m. His marathon raised anew the issue that tennis has shown it is that rare sport where folks sometimes need to play all night. Murray and others pointed out that is not good for anyone involved. Not the players, the spectators, the officials or the ball kids. It does not seem like anything will change to prevent these sorts of late finishes from happening in the future. Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley says there is no need to alter the schedule.
Perfectionist Pegula breezing through Australian Open so far
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Jessica Pegula, Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff are all breezing through the Australian Open so far. The matchups could get tougher in Week 2. Pegula has dropped zero sets and just 11 games total along the way to reaching the fourth round at Melbourne Park. The No. 3-seeded Pegula is a self-described perfectionist and so she gave herself a bit of a hard time about what happened late in the second set of her 6-0, 6-2 victory over Marta Kostyuk in the second round. Now she takes on 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova. Swiatek faces reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina and 18-year-old American Gauff meets 2017 French Open champ Jelena Ostapenko.
Shiffrin places 4th in downhill; record chase goes on
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — American skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s pursuit of a record-breaking 83rd World Cup victory will go on for at least another day. Shiffrin finished half a second behind winner Sofia Goggia in fourth place in a downhill on the course that will be used for the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics. Shiffrin remained tied with former teammate Lindsey Vonn for the women’s record with 82 wins each. Two more races are scheduled for Cortina over the weekend. Goggia finished 0.13 seconds ahead of two-time world champion Ilka Stuhec and 0.36 ahead of Kira Weidle. Shiffrin was faster than Goggia through the first three checkpoints but finished 0.50 behind.
Loyola Marymount ends No. 6 Gonzaga’s 75-game home streak
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Cam Shelton banked in a go-ahead runner with 13 seconds left and Loyola Marymount snapped No. 6 Gonzaga’s 75-game home winning streak with a 68-67 victory. The home streak for the Bulldogs was tied with Long Beach State (from 1968-74) for the eighth-longest in Division I history. Shelton scored 27 points to lead the Lions, who hadn’t won in Spokane since 1991 and had lost 25 straight overall to the Zags. Gonzaga had won 93 straight games against unranked opponents with 69 of those coming at home. Gonzaga’s streak of 36 straight wins in the month of January also ended.
Celtics beat Warriors in OT, win NBA Finals rematch 121-118
BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 34 points with a career-high 19 rebounds to help the Celtics pull away from Golden State in an NBA Finals rematch and beat the Warriors 121-118. Jaylen Brown had 16 points and nine rebounds. He made a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Horford had 20 points, 10 boards and three blocked shots for the Celtics. They lost to the Warriors in the NBA Finals in six games and then lost a fourth straight game to them in their first regular-season matchup in December. Stephen Curry scored 29 points for the defending champions.
Fantastic 4: Moreno, Figueiredo extend rivalry at UFC 283
Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo have fought for 12 1/2 thrilling rounds in three bouts over the past 25 months. When they meet for a fourth time Saturday night, the winner will have the UFC flyweight title and the last word in one of the top rivalries in recent martial arts history. Only four men have held the UFC’s 125-pound title since it came into existence in 2012, and two of them will fight for that belt again at UFC 283. It’s the first title tetralogy in the promotion’s history, and Moreno is anticipating a big finish.
AP source: Michigan’s Harbaugh refuses to agree on charge
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh told NCAA investigators in multiple meetings this week that he will not agree to an unethical conduct charge, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation have not been shared publicly. Michigan announced two weeks ago that it received notice from the NCAA that the governing body is looking into potential rules infractions in the Wolverines football program.
Dani Alves arrested in Spain for alleged sexual assault
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves has been arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Barcelona. Police say the alleged act took place on Dec. 31 at a night club in Barcelona. Alves will now go before a judge. The judge will decide on the charges. The charge of sexual assault in Spain can mean anything from unsolicited and unwanted sexually groping to rape. Police said they could give no detail on the case. Alves is a former Barcelona defender who now plays with Mexican club Pumas.